R.I.P “The Little Laptop that Could”

Dear Friends,

The day before yesterday I had to say a final goodnight to my little laptop. I’ve had that 11” MacBook Air for as long as I’ve been married to Garrett (5 years). We’ve been through a lot together! Boat and job hunting, wedding planning and weather forecasting, millions of pictures and hours of episode editing. Now it’s gone. I wish there was some epic story to tell… God knows how many times I’ve dropped it, forgot it, saved it from flying across the cabin in a gnarly swell, covered it with sawdust while it played hours of music to boost morale. But it passed away silently. No response to touch or pleading for a sign of life…

I’m sharing all of this with you because now I’m computer-less. We may be a little M.I.A for a while. This also means the next episode will be delayed!?!?! Which really upsets me. Hours already put into the next one wiped away. At least I was smart enough not to store anything on the computer itself and have all raw material saved on separate hard drives. I’m going to still try and post from friends computers but this may be few and far in between.dscn15881

Sorry,

Ruth

Melting in Slow Motion

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Ruth here:

“Close your eyes and you can hear it. The snow is melting. In the comfort of day a transformation takes place, solid becomes liquid, but in the silence of night every twig and leaf becomes incapsulated by ice.

Above us white, beneath our feet white, chattering white teeth and shattering white ice is our landscape.

Alas, a welcoming sight. The ingredients to make the night right. Hot buttered rum to warm our bellies. Who knew such an elixir existed? Brown sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Honey, cinnamon, and don’t forget that golden churned gift from a dairy goddess.

Starving for an outlet for this motivation that’s grown during the seasons forced hibernation!

Garrett unearthed the table saw. He was thinking about digging until he reached the lofting floor but the handle of the shovel broke so the saw was far enough. We’ve been making due with the smaller generator my folks leant us (3000 watt) but it just isn’t strong enough to run the table saw. So back to trying to fix our 5550 generator… We’ve run the poor thing for a hard 2 years, through two hot summers and two brutal winters (and let’s not forget the wee fire.) This may require an expert. For now we can move the table saw to our neighbors and cut from there.

Garrett’s next line of attack is getting the corner posts for the cabin in and the trim piece that lines the cabin walls near the ceiling. The trim piece at the top of the cabin walls is where the cabin top beams will connect in. We have some really nice 1×4 Western Red cedar (soft reddish hue) to use for the trim. This will give a really beautiful contrast in color from the cabin ceiling and corner posts which will be Port Orford cedar (light and yellow.) Once those two jobs are complete the cabin beams will be next. The beams are simple, laminated plywood which we’ll paint later for finish. Garrett’s pretty stoked to be diving into a little bit of finish work. It is, however, a little weird to set his mind to that mode when everything else is still so “ruffed in.”

I believe after the rest of the bulkheads are in we may move to putting in the cabin sole! Finally we’ll get to cut into the Black Locust we’ve been hoarding. That is if we can properly power the table saw, that stuff is tough!”

Ready, Set, Conquer

Ruth here:

“Sun up to sun down I’ve sat in front of my laptop. From coffee to green smoothie to cocktail. I love my new office. Working on the next episode so many ideas ebb and flow. Then, finally, it all comes together. The subject matter was a little ruff to relive and find some way of explaining what happened without sufficient footage. I’ll be uploading the finished product later today when I have stronger wifi. This video, I feel, expresses a lot of ups and downs we’ve gone through. Not only through this build but throughout the last 10 years Garrett and I have been together. Something big is about to unfold. I can’t wait to share it. 2017 will see Rediviva move from the forest to the back sloughs of the San Francisco bay. This year her belly may float! I can feel the wind changing, the sun shining, and with the spring on the horizon we are ready to kick some serious boat-building ass!”

 

Bulkheads

Ruth here:

“Time for a few bulkheads! The very first step towards the interior. We have two out of a total of 5 1/2 bulkheads in. There will be one to frame in the quarter cabin, a half bulkhead in the galley, and two more up forward (the front walls of the head and pilot berth.) The two that are up are the aft walls of the pilot berth and the inclosed head at midships.

The plan is to panel everything in beautiful Port Orford cedar and Western Red. Using plywood as a base will help move things along quickly and make it strong. God forbid we end up not liking something, again, and have to tear it down and rebuild. Easier to scrap plywood than old growth western red and near extinct Port Orford.

We seem to be running out of space to cut wood… Spring where are you?!?! When we built the shed we didn’t take into account that 3-4 months out of the year we won’t be able to just head outside to make the cuts we need. Currently the table saw (located in the above picture on the righthand side), which would be really helpful right about now, is buried under a few feet of snow. Garrett has to prop up the piece he needs to cut with 2bys from the rest of the stack of ply; seeing as that is the only 10 by 5 foot space that is “mostly” clear.

Trying to get photos while the shed is packed full can be a bit tricky. Your footing can be quite precarious and one hand is on the camera upside down while the other is wrapped around the rafters for protection. With the camera tilted a bit

I can just see, almost smell, the waves licking at her bow!”

 

 

Internet, Espresso, and 39 degrees

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Ruth here:

“We’ve landed another house-sitting gig! So that means I get to watch the snow melt from the comfort of a warm home with access to internet and their espresso machine. Seeing the thermometer read 39 degrees today makes me feel quite spoiled. I think I’ll take a hot bath later while eating a hot chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven because I can!

But what have I done that’s productive????

I upgraded our blog because of all of you lovely helpers out there. Welcome to:

saltandtar.org

Our very own domain how “adult” of us

I’m working on making our FaceBook page more useful. I’ve taken all the pictures from the blog of our first year, 2015, and created an album. I hope to do this for every year continuing long into when Rediviva is sailing. “

FB: Salt & Tar 2015 Photos

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– to the right of Swab lies a Subaru very much buried under the snow

Why are we doing this?.. Oh, yeah!

WARNING: This is a big post with lots of photos!

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Ruth here:

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“First and fore most I need to apologize for the disappearing act. We are alive and the boat is well. This winter has been ruff. It has basically not stopped snowing since my last post 2 months ago. The snow transitions between light and dumping and the sky changes from a lovely gray hue to a blinding white. All days look the same. I’ve never seen negative temperatures but now am well aquatinted with the lack of feeling in my fingers, toes, and nose.

That’s enough complaining about the cold……. I could write an epic about my feelings on this winter

2 months ago Garrett and I had a very tough call to debate. Which led to an agreement which led to a saw hacking through the deck. Let me explain…

“I’ve been thinking…”

Garrett expressed to Ruth.

Inside Ruth’s mind an initial explosion of fear and frustration sets off.

“Ok,” (the only word that escapes)

Garrett continues,

“I’m not sure about the cabin houses. I’m worried that the interior is going to be too small. I might regret compromising on interior space in order to have a huge working deck. I just don’t think it’s going to give us what we really want. The ability to have crew aboard and be comfortable down below just doesn’t seem realistic.”

Ruth agreed with all these points and began thinking herself.

The table fell quite as both parties thought.

“How can we fix this?”

“How can we still make this boat work?”

“Is not changing this now going to lead to us selling Rediviva like her 6 predecessors?”

“Did we make a mistake?”

“What can be done?”

As the boat sat, her layout on deck made a very workable foredeck, huge side decks, massive flush cockpit, and two cabin houses leaving a two foot gap around the main mast where the houses were separated. Down below was cozy but only for a couple. Everything being close together but still a considerable galley, relatively spacious salon seating, manageable main bunk, no shower but room for a plumbed head tucked under the deck between the split cabin houses. Surprisingly in our relationship I, the female, am less in need of space. I feel I could have been happy with this configuration. I also agree that our wants with this boat was to be able to have crew. To have multiple people aboard, to travel with us, to share the experience, and to be comfortable. That just wasn’t going to be possible the way things were. Above all else, I know Garrett. If he is telling me now that he has doubts than this is not the first time he’s thought about it nor will it stop.

It may be a thing I regret, once the boat is completed, that I wasn’t present for the 2 weeks it took to make the change. The change that was needed meant deconstructing months of work and taking a saw to progress we had made. No matter how I tried to push myself into the boat shed I couldn’t. This also means no pictures or video footage.

However, props to Garrett who had the cojones to see what he needed to do and then do it! After it was all said and done Garrett felt so relieved.

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“It actually wasn’t as difficult as it would seem. Since the deck was already installed all I had to do was figure out how I wanted to widen the cabin and trace it out. I decided that the best way to solve the issue of space was to make the split cabin, a traditional layout, into one big cabin house, which is more common to see these days. The forward wall remained the same but the side walls were pushed out 8 inches. Giving us 16in side decks versus 24 inches. The aft wall was extended back a station (2 feet) removing only one deck beam. Seeing the new cabin cut out was exciting because the interior space it gave was impressive and what I thought would be a compromise on a workable deck really wasn’t much of a sacrifice.”

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Now with the new cabin walls up we are ready for bulkheads! We are back in the game and ready to kick the rest of this winter’s butt. We purchased 6 sheets of 3/4in plywood to start. Here are some concept photos of how we, as of this very moment, plan to arrange the interior:

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Looking aft from v-berth. Garrett near galley. wrap around salon seating to port and a love-couch across on starboard with a half bulkhead to separate from pilot berth further forward.

dscn0195Pilot berth on starboard. 6’3” long. Elliptical opening with curtain most likely (left)

Head across from pilot berth on port side (below)
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and lastly one giant v-berth! still head room 2feet in
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Needless to say we also needed to get away!

Some how we managed to still get a decent amount of work done regardless of how nasty the weather has been. For close to 2 years we’ve been pushing our bodies and exhausting our brains. We’ve not had much of a life beyond the dirt the boat rests on. Dirt and snow; two things we knew little about now consume our world. It was about time we go SAILING! Oh, yeah this is why we are doing this! Oh, yeah boats eventually go in the water! Oh, yeah this is what it’s all for, to get back to the ocean!

Our buddy bought a Cascade 27 a month ago in Seattle and hasn’t stopped sailing her since. It was time we joined him. What was talked about was a day sail that turned into 4 days. A night on a pirated mooring, one night anchoring under sail, and another night spent tucked into a slip waiting out a gale. We sailed, we drifted, and we flew! Tested out the reefing system, used every sail, preformed a man-over-board drill to rescue a blue frisbee, and discovered she heaves-to like a beast. God it feels good! Thank you Kyle! We remember now.”